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Tutor profile: Julia S.

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Julia S.
Student at Bucknell University
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Subject: French

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How do I know when to use the subjunctive tense versus the indicative tense?

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Answer:

In most cases, the subjunctive is employed in situations of doubt or incertitude, whereas the indicative is used in situations of certainty. For example, the sentence "je ne pense pas qu'il soit heureux" uses the subjunctive of être because "je ne pense pas" implies a sense of doubt. However, if the sentence were to start with "je pense que" -- a phrase that implies certitude -- you would use "est," the indicative conjugation of être.

Subject: Writing

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How can I integrate semicolons into my writing?

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Answer:

Semicolons are a great way to easily elevate your writing style. A semicolon is used to unite two closely related ideas of the same value. Note that semicolons are only used to unite two INDEPENDENT clauses -- this means that the two clauses can stand alone as individual sentences. Ex. I really like animals; however, cats aren't my favorite.

Subject: Music

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What's the difference between major and minor scales?

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The third note of the scale -- in minor scales, the third is flatted, while the third of the major scale is not. Plus, minor scales tend to be more "sad" sounding, whereas major scales have a cheerier tone.

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